Dec 5, 2012 3:00am PST
of this fiscal cliff deal. that includes house democrats. and how do i go about doing that without totally alienating the base of my party? and i'm very curious to see what his next step is because his opening offer was essentially where he said he could only go in the debt ceiling bargains of july 2011. he said i can go to $800 billion in revenue, i can do these specific entitlement reforms. that's now his opening offer. where does he go here? >> i think, though, steve that the president of the united states and mr. lew and other democrats need to start looking at him differently. he is like an attorney that knows what his client is going to give and what his client's not going to give. we all know john boehner. john boehner's a deal maker. i didn't -- i liked him personally, but i never trusted him in congress because, you know, he liked making deals. that's what we need right now. the president can only push him so far. or he loses his caucus. and this is not about john boehner kicking and screaming. this is about him knowing what he can deliver. >> i understand that. john boehner has,
Dec 6, 2012 3:00am PST
's a deal struck on the fiscal cliff. i think boehner is trying to exert control. leaders try to exert control before these votes happen. sometimes weeks before. so this was a warning to house conservatives, that if you go against leadership and a deal is struck, there are going to be consequences. >> yeah. so chuck todd, let's talk about the other side of pennsylvania avenue. the president of the united states yesterday speaking with john boehner. and they wisely decided not to characterize that phone call, thank god for the sake of america. and the world. also, you had tim geithner. good god. >> he didn't say anything he hasn't said before. >> geithner on the sunday shows was saying oh, yeah, the republicans are going to back down. they're going to cower in the corner, tremble and whatever. and then yesterday he said we're going to go over the cliff if republicans don't do what we want. i'm curious, what's the white house attitude right now? are they willing to go over the cliff? is geithner right? >> are they willing to go over the cliff? i guess they are, but they also don't believ
Dec 4, 2012 3:00am PST
negotiation as it pertains to the fiscal cliff? what would it take? >> i'm an outsider. everyone is going to beat up on everyone hard. the country will expect the deal to be done and so there will have to be a bit of give and take. it's miles apart. and on the outside we need you to sort this. if you get this resolved, i think you'll move forward strongly. when we look our situation in europe, it's troubling. i think it will trigger a strong growth pattern for you. so let's go back to finding peace. i know there's a question you've been asked many times and you thought about how do we replicate where in the 1980s you had a situation so bad. you had the i.r.a. trying to kill the prime minister. you had jerry adams talking about peace. people would no more believe they would shake hands than believe the leader of hamas would go hug netanyahu. how did it happen there? what did you learn through that process? you had such a huge role. >> first that you've got to get it in shape. you have to work out where a potential area of agreement is and then you let that start to shape the negotiations.